Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
W. Gregory Keilin & Nadine J. Kaslow
The predoctoral internship, a vital component of professional psychology education and training, is one of the formative experiences for individuals obtaining doctoral degrees and licenses in psychology. Generally considered the capstone year of doctoral training, it provides students the opportunity to expand upon and integrate their clinical experiences, to be exposed to diverse patient populations, and to experience a variety of perspectives both within and outside of psychology. This entry begins by providing a historical backdrop of the predoctoral internship experience. The key issues and trends that dominate current thinking regarding internship training, with particular focus on supply and demand imbalance, financial considerations, areas of emphasis, the application process, and the APPIC Match are addressed. The student perspective on the internship experience also is offered. The American Psychological Association (APA) inaugurated internship training at the Boulder conference in 1949. Conference participants mandated that a 1-year, full-time internship experience would be ...